Il Mattatore

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Il Mattatore
Il Mattatore.jpg
Directed by Dino Risi
Produced by Mario Cecchi Gori
Written by Ettore Scola
Sandro Continenza
Ruggero Maccari
Sergio Pugliese
Age & Scarpelli
Starring Vittorio Gassman
Dorian Gray
Peppino De Filippo
Anna-Maria Ferrero
Music by Pippo Barzizza
Cinematography Massimo Dallamano
Edited by Eraldo Da Roma
Release dates 1959 (Italy)
February 1, 1963(US)
Running time 95 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Love and Larceny (in Italian, Il mattatore, "The Showman") is a 1960 Italian comedy film directed by Dino Risi. It was entered into the 10th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]


Gerardo, an aspiring actor, trying unsuccessfully to cross over from comedy to tragedy, is involved, due to his ability to mimic dialects of Italy, in a scam concocted by Lallo against a rich cloth-merchant. His inexperience means that he is the only one to be arrested and sentenced to several months in prison, where he encounters a vast array of petty criminals, devoted primarily to scams of various kinds. He befriends Chinotto, a con man for whom the doors of the prisons are like "revolving doors of a large hotel."



  1. ^ " Awards for Il Mattatore". Retrieved 2010-01-17. 

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